January/February 2017Vol. 17, No. 10January Is National Mentoring Month
January 2017 is the 15th annual National Mentoring Month, which is the largest campaign to promote mentoring in the United States. Each year, National Mentoring Month highlights the positive impact mentoring has on the lives of young people by raising awareness of the various forms of mentorship; recruiting potential mentors, especially to areas where there is the most need; and engaging with corporations and constituencies to garner support for mentoring programs in their area.
In honor of National Mentoring Month, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership released the 2017 Campaign Toolkit. The toolkit includes the following:
- The Mentoring Connector, which is a tool that gives prospective mentors the ability to search for mentoring opportunities nationwide through the MENTOR website or its partner sites, such as My Brother's Keeper and National Basketball Association (NBA) Cares.
- The January launch of the Mentoring Flipped video series, which was inspired by the recent video of President Obama teaching Stephen Curry, a professional basketball player with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, how to shoot a basketball. This series highlights mentoring success stories featuring high-profile individuals being "mentored" by young people.
- Key statistics on how mentoring is a positive force in the lives of young people. For example, at-risk youth who are mentored are 52 percent less likely to skip school and 55 percent more likely to attend college.
- A calendar of important dates and events throughout the month.
- A social media engagement guide, including the official campaign hashtag #MentorIRL.
- Tips on how to open up a dialogue with local, regional, and national media outlets, public officials, and corporations about how to increase support and funding for mentorship opportunities.
To download the 2017 Campaign Toolkit and learn more about mentoring, visit the MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's website available at http://www.mentoring.org/.